Family Health Centers of San Diego wants the city to sell it a little-used parking lot so it can expand. The only thing standing in its way is a slow-moving bureaucracy and a community stalwart with no legal claim to the lot.

Two recent proposals to boost low-income moms address some common themes: both would improve the health of women and children, and help working moms stay working. They share something else, too: a torrent of hateful reactions aimed solely at women.

As VA hospitals around the country tackle exorbitantly long wait times, San Diego’s system has tried to ease its burden by reaching out to fewer veterans, who might not know the level of care they’ve earned with their service.